All high school students, ages 14-18, who express a desire to develop their creativity and collaborate to create films are candidates for enrollment. As a fiscally-sponsored project of 501(c)(3)Fractured Atlas, we receive grants and donations to subsidize the cost of student tuition in order to make the program accessible to students at the lowest cost possible.
The students who move through the HARA classes experience all stages of independent film production including: acting, screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, and post-production.
According to the 2010-2011 U.S. Department of Labor Handbook, digital filmmaking employment is projected to grow 14 percent until 2018, compared with 11 percent growth projected to employment in all industries combined! Digital media skills are in high demand, and students greatly benefit by learning these trade skills. Hands-on experience in digital video production with HARA puts students ahead of their class if they choose to pursue a degree in filmmaking and also has the potential to serve them as a professional trade even before gaining an academic degree.
We are committed to connecting the students to filmmakers and industry professionals through guest artist workshops; as well as networking with local film festivals.
In addition to rare experience in making movies, students who go to HARA will have that rare thing all actors are seeking yet few actually get even after years of pursuit: footage! A Reel (a short video showcasing their work and experience) is an invaluable asset for not only college applications, but is essential in order to be considered for a professional project as artistic talent. This will support students on their chosen career path to college and beyond.
As students gain experience and valuable trade skills, our intention is to also provide work for them upon graduation from high school. Our goal is to build community interest in our production services in order to provide opportunities to qualified students to produce commercials and video projects to local businesses, schools and organizations.